IRL: Brack jamming in Sweden

IRL: Brack jamming in Sweden

It's clear that Kenny Brack is on the road to recovery from the life-threatening injuries that took the gregarious Swede from the fast lane to hospital since he crashed his ...

It's clear that Kenny Brack is on the road to recovery from the life-threatening injuries that took the gregarious Swede from the fast lane to hospital since he crashed his #15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Dallara/Honda in last year's Chevy 500K season finale at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kenny Brack.
Photo by Kenneth Plotkin.
It was a terrible shunt and many on-site observers were surprised to discover that Brack had, in fact, survived the series of grinds along the Texas banking and its walls and fencing. But survive he did, despite various setbacks along the way.

Brack's spirit was never dimmed during the darkest time of his recovery, as he shuttled between hospitals and his adopted home near Team Rahal's Hilliard, OH headquarters. Brack was even a hospital resident the day his first child Karma was born to Kenny and his wife Anita.

But those days are past him and Kenny Brack is getting closer to being ready to step into a race car again. First, of course, he has to make sure his talents for making music didn't suffer any ill effects from the accident that shut down his driving career for the winter and spring.

Heading home to Karlstad, Sweden, Brack will perform this weekend before a crowd of more than 5000 April 10th at the local hockey arena. Swinging his Gibson guitar alongside two of his music heroes, Brack will rock with group Sven Ingvars and singer Christer Sjogren, idols during his formative years.

Brack has fronted two bands since coming to the United States to race. In 2001 he formed RPM (Racing Powered Music) and logged a bunch of gigs over the CART season.

Last year he brought Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers to a number of races, including the Miller Lite stage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the band rocked on Carb Day, May 22nd.

Comprised of four dedicated professional musicians and, last year with Laz Denes of Mo Nunn Racing and Kathy Prather from Access Motorsports, Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers even produced an album to benefit CARA Charities, which we understand is still selling well. Brack and wife Anita have been named honorary co-chairs of CARA's Indy 500 Fashion Show this May.

Kenny Brack.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
Brack is clearly excited about the music gig this Saturday. "It's going to be fantastic to play guitar with the Sweden guys. Sven Ingvars started in the 1950s and they were very big in Sweden and Europe, and Christer played with The Vikings for years, too," he explained.

"They were some of my heroes in music when I was growing up, so it should be pretty exciting before the big crowd at home. Plus," Brack continued with a wink, "I think I have improved on the guitar since playing back in Sweden last time."

Even while on crutches this December, Kenny Brack and the Subwoofers performed for Team Rahal's Christmas party, all the while joking that he's glad music is his avocation, not golf.

Keeping his extreme, daily physical rehabilitation on schedule even while in Europe, Kenny Brack hopes to return to Team Rahal's #15 Pioneer/Argent Mortgage Panoz G Force, but isn't willing to divulge a timetable. When he feels right - and when his right ankle has fully recovered - Brack will climb back into the car.

"The rehab is coming along very well," he acknowledged during media days at the Brickyard in late March. "I feel better and better each day and I should know pretty soon if I can get back in a race car in the near future. That is my goal right now."

In the meantime, Kenny Brack intends to enjoy the opportunities given him as one of Sweden's premier athletes, getting the chance to jam with his musical heroes and enjoy time with family and friends for the Easter holiday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn